FromTeen Book Reviewer
author: Teller, Janne
I just completed reading the book “Nothing” by Janne Teller. This novel is
originally written in Danish and has won the Best Children’s Book Prize from the Danish Cultural Ministry. The book has a foreign feel to it what with a lot of the names being kept in the English translation.
The story revolves around a group of seventh graders in a small town in Denmark. At the beginning of the new school year, one of their classmates, Pierre Anthon, decides that life has no meaning and that we are all a part of nothing. He walks out of school, climbs up a plum tree and refuses to come down. Each day as the children pass the tree on their way to the school he taunts them with his new philosophy of life and how what they are doing is utterly meaningless. When the children get frustrated, they decide to show Pierre the meaning of life. The story gets interesting as each child is forced by the others to part with their most meaningful possession as they put together a “heap of meaning” for Pierre. The ending of the story is quite interesting. As such, the book is quite a different read – nothing like what I’ve read before. I recommend this book if you are in the mood to read something unusual.